The grammar in the Bible is extremely interesting and can often change how we perceive God’s blessings.  Today I would like to center on just one word found in Romans 12:1, that of “therefore”.  In the Greek “therefore” is only three letters long but boy it is powerful when you consider what the Apostle is saying.  “Therefore” refers to “God’s mercy” which Paul has told us about in the previous eight chapters, the blessings of salvation that are ours in Christ.  Let’s be blessed and look at what we have in Christ.

  • +in Christ we are justified by faith (Romans 4:1f)
  • +in Christ we have peace with God (Romans 5:1f)
  • +in Christ we are made righteous (Romans 5:21f)
  • +in Christ we are dead to sin and raised to new life (Romans 6:1f)
  • +in Christ we are set free from sin and misery and are able to follow the Spirit (Romans 7:1f)
  • +in Christ there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1f)
  • +in Christ we are free not to walk after the flesh but after the Spirit (Romans 8:5f)
  • +in Christ we are daughters/sons and heirs of God (Romans 8:18)
  • +in Christ we have a glorious future of hope (Romans 8:18)
  • +in Christ our prayers are heard (Romans 8:26)
  • +in Christ God works everything for out ultimate good (Romans 8:28)
  • +in Christ we are elect (Romans 8:29)
  • +in Christ no charges are laid against us (Romans 8:33)
  • +in Christ we are conquers (Romans 8:37)
  • +in Christ nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38f)
  • +in Christ we are grafted into the tree of Israel and are now part of the people of God (Romans 11:11f)

Exciting truth if we will but believe God and live by Faith.

Rev. Tom Shelton